Balseros


2h 2002

Brief Synopsis

From the inception of their illicit journey through their attempts at assimilation in the U.S., a study of six balseros, or rafters, who were part of the 40,000 poor Cubans refugees, who set sail for Florida on makeshift boats in 1994-'95 while Cuba and the United States were struggling through heat

Film Details

Also Known As
Rafters
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Cinemax; Televisi= De Catalunya (TVC)
Distribution Company
Seventh Art; Docurama Films; HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

From the inception of their illicit journey through their attempts at assimilation in the U.S., a study of six balseros, or rafters, who were part of the 40,000 poor Cubans refugees, who set sail for Florida on makeshift boats in 1994-'95 while Cuba and the United States were struggling through heated negotiations. The refugees fled their native country before Fidel Castro and President Clinton reached an agreement on keeping them ashore at home.

Film Details

Also Known As
Rafters
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Cinemax; Televisi= De Catalunya (TVC)
Distribution Company
Seventh Art; Docurama Films; HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Award Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

2003

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2004 Peabody Award from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Released in United States January 2003

Released in United States July 2002

Released in United States October 3, 2003

Released in United States on Video July 26, 2005

Released in United States Summer July 23, 2003

Shown at Karlovy Vary Film Festival July 10-17, 2002.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Documentary) January 16-26, 2003.

Scheduled to air in USA on Cinemax Network March 16, 2004.

Most footage was originally shot for the Catalan public television series "Trenta Minuts."

Released in United States January 2003 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Documentary) January 16-26, 2003.)

Released in United States July 2002 (Shown at Karlovy Vary Film Festival July 10-17, 2002.)

Released in United States Summer July 23, 2003 (NY)

Released in United States on Video July 26, 2005

Released in United States October 3, 2003 (Los Angeles)